News & Insights | December 1, 2020

Telehealth Enhances Home-based Palliative Care During COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond


Publication: California Broker
Article: Telehealth Enhances Home-based Palliative Care During COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond
Featuring: Terri Maxwell, Ph.D., APRN and Dr. Jasen Gundersen

WITH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC disproportionately affecting people who are seriously ill—especially older adults, the supportive role of home-based palliative care support programs (HBPC) has never been more critical. This aging population faces a dual risk, first from the coronavirus and second from the effects of isolation on their physical and mental health.

To begin with, it is important to understand the difference between hospice, palliative care and home-based palliative care. Designed for patients who have six months or less to live, hospice provides pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support and spiritual care to patients with incurable illness and their families.

WITH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC disproportionately affecting people who are seriously ill—especially older adults, the supportive role of home-based palliative care support programs (HBPC) has never been more critical. This aging population faces a dual risk, first from the coronavirus and second from the effects of isolation on their physical and mental health.  To begin with, it is important to understand the difference between hospice, palliative care and home-based palliative care. Designed for patients who have six months or less to live, hospice provides pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support and spiritual care to patients with incurable illness and their families.


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